I had always thought that it's not important to wash one's face before exercising and always preferred to do it only after I was done with exercise. But a valuable tip from Dr. Neal Schultz (DermTV) enlightened me that it's far more important to cleanse your face thoroughly before a workout than afterwards. Dr Schultz says: "A thorough face wash before you exercise (as opposed to after) is the best way to keep your facial skin clean. When you sweat during your jog, yoga class or any other activity, you don't usually think twice about wiping the sweat off your face. But, if you haven't washed your face before your workout, all the dirt, oil and debris you've been carrying around on your skin all day gets ground deep into it, clogging pores and causing blackheads. However, there is nothing about sweat that causes breakouts. The sweat you produce is simply water, salt and urea (a great moisturizer). So instead, if your face is clean before you workout, there is no dirt to clog your pores, and a splash of water after you exercise is all you'll need to feel fresh and know that your skin is clean."
Dr. Schultz further advises that it's best to wash the face with water that's neither too hot nor too cold, but with water that's just lukewarm. He says that washing with hot water causes unnecessary over-drying of the skin, while washing with cold water tends to leave a residue of soap and/or cleanser promoting clogging and decreasing luster. Another interesting suggestion that he makes is not to splash your face with cold water at the end of your wash to close the pores. He says that, if it even closes them, as we now know, the price you'll pay is increased clogging and larger pores.
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